(Arnolds Park)– This week marks the observance of National Travel and Tourism Week. Rebecca Peters of Okoboji Tourism tells KUOO news this year’s theme is “Power of Travel”…
“I think that that definitely rings true right here in the Iowa Great Lakes Area, because travel really helps define a community. It offers a lot of amenities for the people that live here that improve our quality of life, but it also has a huge economic impact. And so right here in the Iowa Great Lakes Area Dickinson county sees over $312 million in economic impact from our visitors and so that definitely ripples down and that benefits everybody who lives here. So we definitely appreciate the power of travel and all of our visitors who come every year.”
Peters says they’ll be commemorating the week in a special way locally…
“We’ve partnered with Arnolds Park Amusement Park and the Imagine Iowa Great Lakes group and so in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week the arches will be lit up in a rainbow of color on Thursday, May 6th. So it will be really fun to help celebrate this week and see those arches lit up in a rainbow of color just to celebrate tourism.”
And when it comes to the upcoming season in the Iowa Great Lakes, Peters is urging everyone to do their part in welcoming visitors and going the extra mile in being courteous.